Reece’s Rainbow is a VOICE OF HOPE for children with Down syndrome and other special needs in around the world.  We started in 2006 with only five children in Ukraine! We are thrilled with the success and growth of this organization, and God’s ability to raise awareness for these beautiful children through us. More than 800 children are currently listed on our website waiting for their family to find them. Even if you are not in a position to adopt, you can make a life-saving difference for any child with your grant sponsorship gifts!

Info listed here is based on most recent program requirements and restrictions as stated by the individual country officials.
This page updated September 2014.

Africa 1
  • Heterosexual married couples or single women, prior divorces are OK
  • Applicants must be at least 25 years old and 21 years older than the child to be adopted. In the case of a married couple, it is sufficient for one spouse to meet these requirements.
  • Older applicants may be considered for this program on a case-by-case basis
  • Families with other children are welcome; preference is for no more than five other children already in the family
  • Minor health conditions are considered and more serious medical issues will be discussed on a case-by-case basis; Mental health conditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • No criminal history is preferred; You may discuss older, minor infractions with the coordinator
  • Must be financially stable
  • At least one parent must be a U.S. citizen
  • Either one long trip of 6-8 weeks or two smaller trips of 10-14 days each
  • Total estimated costs: 30,000 to 39,000 (including homestudy, travel, post placement, readoption in US, ect)

  • 2 trips; Trip 1 about 5 days, Trip 2 about 12 days
  • Approx cost only $19-25k!  (depends on how many people travel, time of year for travel, etc)
  • Single mothers may apply
  • Easy dossier, very few restrictions
  • Only one parent has to travel
  • Multiple unrelated children can be adopted together


  • Typically one trip of 10-14 days, only one parent needs to travelSasha (1)
  • Married couples and single mothers may apply
  • One parent must be US citizen
  • Both parents must be between 30-54 years old (a waiver is possible for up to age 65)
  • Married at least 2 years
  • Previous experience with Down syndrome preferred, if adopting a child with DS
  • Minimum of $10,000 of annual income per family member, including the new child you hope to adopt
  • A minimum of $80,000 net worth (a waiver is possible)
  • Health good, no history of cancer. No medication for depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia.
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) must be under 40 (a waiver is possible)
  • No criminal record or alcohol within the past 10 years
  • Total estimated costs approximately $25-30K depending on agency and location
  • Single heterosexual parents may adoptcharlotte
  • No family size restrictions
  • Multiple unrelated children may be adopted together
  • Both parents must travel to the country and stay until completion of adoption — approx 5-7 weeks (one parent may leave after a week or two) — two shorter trips *MAY* be possible, when adopting a child with special needs, but the country prefers families to make one longer trip.
  • Estimated total cost $21,000-24,500
Eastern Europe 2
  • Married and single women can adopt
  • Parents may be no more than 40 years older than child
  • One adoption center only allows Catholic families; non-Catholics are permitted by others
  • No income requirement other than USCIS
  • No family size restrictions, although preference may be given to families with no other children
  • Approx one year to complete adoption
  • Approx 6 weeks travel time; one parent may return to US after 3 weeks
  • Total cost estimated $25,000-30,000 (including travel, homestudy and USCIS)
Eastern Europe 4
  • Married and single women can adopt, but singles can only apply for children in certain orphanages
  • Prefer at least one parent under the age of 50, but often lenient for children with special needs
  • Country prefers families with Christian background
  • Income requirement less rigid when adopting a child with special needs
  • No set family size restrictions, but the preference is for smaller families
  • Two trips are required; the first trip is 5 days, second trip is 21 days
  • Only one parent has to travel
  • Two unrelated children with non-correctable SN can be adopted together
  • Approx 15-18 months from commitment to complete adoption
  • Total cost estimate is $31,000-36,000 (including travel, homestudy and USCIS)
Eastern Europe 5
  • Married couples and singles; both parents required to travel if married
  • Adoptive parents must be at least 18 years older than the child, but no more than 45 years older
  • One trip (approx 2 weeks)
  • Only one child may be adopted at a time, unless they are siblings; Families must wait one year between adoptions of non-related children
  • No family size restrictions
  • No history of mental health conditions or infectious diseases
  • Very fast program – about 6 months after homestudy
  • The agency will be provided a photo upon request, when they have an interested family
  • Total cost estimate is approx $27,000
Eastern Europe 6
  • Married couples and singles
  • Ages of adoptive parents flexible
  • No more than 5 children in the home
  • Children available between age 1-13
  • Adoption completed 9-10 months after referral acceptance
  • One trip (15-21 days)
  • Adoptive parents should have no history of adoption disruption or loss of parental rights
  • No history of mental health conditions, addiction, or infectious diseases
  • Adoptive parents should have no criminal history
  • Paperwork would need to be submitted to the country to obtain more information on a child
  • Total cost estimate is approx $28,000
  • Parents must be 25-50 years of age
  • Single women AND MEN accepted
  • Couples must be married a min of 3 years
  • Parents must be healthy, both physically and mentally
  • Totally clean criminal background
  • No more than 4 children at home
  • Both parents travel for 3 weeks
  • One can return home, the other must stay an additional 5 weeks
  • One parent must be at least 30 years old; not over 50 years old
  • Parents must be married at least 5 years
  • The number of children at home does not matter. Any child over 8 years old needs to give consent to the adoption as well.
  • Singles may currently adopt if 35 years old
  • Past depression is OK, but must explain the circumstances and past and/or current treatment
  • If a criminal history/background, must be explained in detail
  • Travel is required
  • Travel for pick-up is about a week

Hong Kong
  • Full medical and social info available
  • EASY travel, both parents for one trip (5-7 days)
  • Families are encouraged to travel, but escorting is available
  • No more than 5 children at home
  • Parents must be at least 25 years old, no more than 54
  • Married couples only
  • Couples married at least 3 years for first marriage. A minimum of 5 years is preferred for a second marriage
  • Mental health/depression history considered case by case
  • Relatively low cost – generally estimated around $15,880.00 – $18,810.00


  • Married couples, must be married a minimum of 2 years, ages 25-53
  • Single women, ages 30-50
  • No more than 3 children at home
  • Both parents must travel
  • 1 or 2 trip process, minimum of 10 days per trip
  • No history of chronic or serious illness
  • No current use of medication for mental health issues (including depression or anxiety)
  • Very minimal history of criminal incidents; please inquire
 Kazakhstan  Information coming soon; Currently open to Canadians
  • From the time of paperwork completion and match until travel is about 12+ months
  • One trip (minimum length of 3 business days) and both parents must travel
  • There are some restrictions, so any family that has a medical, mental, arrest or substance dependency should contact the agency
  • Married couples only
  • Parents must be between the ages of 25 and 41 ½ at time of application
  • Married couples and single women may adopt
  • Sibling groups and multiple unrelated children can be adopted together
  • Adoption process approx 8-12 months
  • Three trips – both parents need to travel for trip one
  • Trip one is 10-15 days
  • Trip two – about 6-8 weeks after trip one, for court
  • Trip three – about 6-8 weeks after trip two, 7-10 days long
  • Total estimated cost is $43,000
  • Be a married couple for at least 2 ½ years (agency rule)
  • Single women may adopt
  • Parents must be at least 18 years older than the child (no exceptions)
  • Minimum of 25 years of age for parents; no upper age limit at this time
  • Three trips are required
  • Both parents for approximately 4 weeks for bonding time; stay in a furnished apartment or house with your new child for bonding
  • One parent returns for court 2-3 months later (very short trip, 2-3 days)
  • Third trip is 6-8 weeks after second; One parent returns for a Sunday-Friday to complete Embassy paperwork
  • Children can go home with parents after first trip. They will need to return for the second trip if they are 12 years or older. All children must return for the third trip to get new passport and visa.
  • Total cost, including travel approx $29,000
  • Multiple unrelated children can be adopted
  • Parent history of anxiety or depression is usually allowed, if parent is now in good health
  • Adoptive parents must be at least 18 years older than the childB316
  • Adoptive parents should not be more than 50 years of age. Exception can be made if parent is in good health and one spouse is under age 50.
  • Married couples only (married at least 2 1/2 years)
  • Prospective parents should have no history of mental health conditions or infectious diseases
  • Agency requires family to be of the Christian faith, LDS is not accepted
  • Lithuanian Central Authority prefers the adopted child to be the youngest in the family but it is not a requirement.
  • Two unrelated children can be adopted together
  • 1, 2, or 3 trips required. Depends on court verdict issued by judge
  • First trip is about 8-10 days in country and both parents must travel. One or both parents are required to stay about 10 days after court IF the judge issues an immediate court decision.
  • Second trip (if required) is about 10 days in country and only one parent needs to travel
  • Total costs estimated around 27,000


  • Married couples or single heterosexuals may adopt (males and females)
  • Prospective adoptive parents must be over 25 years of age and at least 17 years older than the child. If married, only one parent must meet the age requirement.
  • If married, minimum of two years
  • Two to three trips, each about one week long
  • No income requirements beyond USCIS requirements
  • No particular heath or mental health related requirements
  • Multiple children in the form of sibling groups can be adopted together
  • The agency seeks Christian adoptive parents
  • Total cost approx info coming soon

  • Single women or married couples, age 25-55
  • Couples must be married 2 1/2 years
  • Both parents, one trip of 4 weeks
  • After the adoption finalization and new birth certificate, one parent can go home early (about 2.5-3 weeks); one parent remains for final visa exit interview and new passport
  • Approx 9-12 months from dossier submission to travel
  • No set restriction on family size
  • Parents with mild mental health history may be considered on a case by case basis
  • Two unrelated children in the same orphanage can be adopted together
  • The agency seeks Christian adoptive parents
  • Total cost approx $27,000 (additional child, add about $5000)
The Phillipines

  • Parents must be at least 27 years old; and no more than 45 years older than the child
  • Single parents permitted for children over age 6
  • Must be married at least 3 years
  • Family size considered based on child desired
  • One trip, only 7 days!
  • Church reference letter required
  • No current mental health / medication permitted
  • Parents should have a BMI of 35 or under
 Russia  Currently closed to US adoptions
  • Full medical and social info availableArmand (2)
  • EASY travel (both parents for 4-7 days)
  • Relatively low cost
  • No more than 5 children at home
  • Married couples only, must be married 5 years
  • Parents should be 30-50 years of age and in good health
  • Fees vary greatly, $25,000-40,000 plus travel (adoption of children with special needs tends to be on the lower end of that estimate)

  • Married couples only
  • Married individual adoptions available for those who qualify
  • No stated family size restrictions
  • As of late 2011, there’s no longer an upper age limit for parents
  • At least one parent must be a minimum of 15 years older than the child
  • Total with travel approx $25k
  • First trip, 2-4 weeks to attend court
  • 10 day wait after court (parents can return home)
  • Only one parent must return to complete the adoption for approx 14 days
  • No diagnosed history of mental health conditions or certain infectious diseases
  • No criminal history
  • May adopt multiple unrelated children
  • This is a very fast program! Start to finish is an average of 7 months. Families committing to children in this program, especially the children at risk of the institution, should be in a financial position to complete the adoption quickly. It is a blessing to be able to adopt so quickly, but leaves little time for major fundraising efforts.


  • Married couples and single women may adopt
  • Minimum 2 years of marriage
  • Parents need to be at least 20 years older than adopted child, minimum age 25
  • Parents age 50-54 should be open to children age 5+ with moderate to severe special needs
  • Parents age 55+ considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Preference may be given to families with up to 4 children; larger families considered on a case-by-case basis
  • One trip for both parents, about 3 weeks in country
  • Parents with diagnosed history of mental health conditions or major medical issues should discuss with the agency before applying
  • No criminal history
  • Application to placement can take 2-3 years